Registration forms for the Motorfest have been sent out. I have spoken with the organizers and they would love to have old car/old caravan combinations on display --- space will be the limiting factor---. So the sooner they know how many people are interested in displaying, the better.
----You do not have to belong to a club---.
This would be a great way to foster interest in the old caravan movement, we should not miss this opportunity.
If you are interested in showing your old van at the Motorfest on the 26th January 2005 email me at RandYKerr@bigpond.com and I will get a registration form to you ASAP.
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I have been following Cobbs posts on the NRMA Motorfest. Would have loved to have the van and the Holden finished in time but I can't see them being ready in time. I bought the subject up at one of the bike club meetings and about four people showed interest in riding down. They seemed to think the biggest drawback was the thought of facing Sydney traffic while riding bikes from the 1920, 30, and 40s. I didn't think it would be an issue at 7.00am on a public holiday!!!
Never mind. There will be plenty of opportunity in the (near) future to hook up with you , Cobb and anyone other east coasters. Would like to get some local short hops in before launching off on a longer run. Not too worried about the van it shouldn't be a problem, . Its the Holdens Hydromatic that worries me. might have to to do a late model Auto gearbox conversion to handle the extra weight. I know these little vans don't weigh much but my guess is that the vans where mainly towed with manual cars. Anyway time will tell ..... Hopefully by Easter.
What a day we had. So much for an opportunity for van owners to get together. I barely got to say hello to Cobber and his missus because the public wouldn't let us alone!
I think we'll all need a weekend on the beach at Coledale to recover.
You could see the difference in our families. Cobber and John's vans were beautifully presented with a display of memorabilia. Our van was packed to the gunnels with things to keep small boys amused and the ice box was full of requirements for assembing Vegemite sandwiches.
The three vans on display generated a huge amount of interest and no double there will be lots of hits on the website as a result. Thanks Cobber for arranging the applications.
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2005 19:24:00 GMT 10 by belinda
We were so flat out telling people: "yes I do take it on holidays" "our ten-year-old sleeps in it every night" "it's very nice to tow (but it leaks in the rain)" "the table's a single bed and the sofa is a double bed" over and over again that I didn't get a chance to take ONE photo.
Cobber says he took a lot, and also that he'd teach me how to use photo bucket.
The Sydney NRMA Motorfest?? Oh what a day it was it really was, such a day. The weather was just perfect. The people were as they usually are on such occasions in Sydney, numerous and in good festive humor. There were one thousand cars, bikes, buses, trucks, fire engines, military vehicles lined up along both sides and in the center of College St., adjacent to Hyde Park, into Macquarie St. on both sides, down to Bridge St. There were also three old caravans parked slap bang in the middle of the performance, about as close to the northern end of Hyde Park as you could get, prime position, thank you NRMA. A couple we have not seen on this site (yet) were first to arrive--John Titcume and his wife Lynelle in their gorgeous ‘57 Chev had come up from Bulli with the largest kit built plywood van on display that day. Lynelle is building up a business called “Ticko’s Classic Car Tours” in which she “Designs Motoring Tours for your Car Club, Small group, Individual members or Social Clubs”. Sounds to me like it gives the benefits of a club run without the hassles of being in a club . At the moment she has a tour booked in March to visit the Wellington Swap Meet and the Mudgee Wineries (NSW) and has organized a run from Sydney to Adelaide for the Chevrolet Festival in September 2005. She would love to do something for Vintage Caravan events, you can ‘talk’ to her on firstname.lastname@example.org As Belinda has mentioned, John’s van and mine, -- “Driftwood”--, were decked out with “old stuff” where as Belinda & Robert’s van was a real live living example of how it is still possible to put these Classic Caravans to good use, even with a young family. In all modesty I have to say our three caravans attracted as much, if not more, attention than any other vehicle on display. People were often lined up to have a look inside, my throat got sore towards the end of the day from talking to people (not to mention my feet, I’m an old bloke), and I only coped half the load, my wife (Cobberet) was there and talked more than I did, fancy that ?. It was non stop ALL day, fair dinkum, we hardly had a moment to ourselves . As 5.00 o’clock approached and I got in the van to secure the items I had on display, folk were still looking into the van and asking questions, mostly the same ones I had been answering all day, and as I put the old FJ into first gear and let out the clutch people were still looking in the windows. It really was an incredible day . And it was not as though there was nothing else to look at. Both Belinda and I had notices promoting this web site stuck on our vans. Many people I spoke with had recently acquired old vans and others wanted to know where they could get hold of ‘em, I advised them all to get onto this site and POST. As for photos---old bloke, old car, old van, old camera--ya gotta wait till I get the film developed, I’ll do it as soon as my feet get better.
Here are a few photos taken on the day.
This is the line up at 7.00am Belinda, Cobber, and John in the Chev up front. We had to be on site by 7.00am so the shadows are still long.
The lull before the storm.
Just a trickle.
Still very early, but the people gather.
And this is how it was for the rest of the day
Belinda and Roberts pride and joy.
Robert and Lynelle's rig took up a lot of room,
This is half the old stuff in Cobbers van that brought back memories to so many people. It was surprising how many people had spent their Honeymoon in "a van just like that".
Great stuff Guys! ;D Anything that tells the rest of the world that the old timers can be revived and have a real place in modern day travel is agood step toward saving a few more from rotting away!! ;D ;D Congratulations for pulling it off in style...and don't forget those pictures!!!!!!! ;D Marc
sounds like a great day was had Cobber ......and many thanks to you, Belinda & John & spouses for promoting the cause ...... and the vintage caravan website .....that sort of promotion really increases hits to the website, which results in more awareness of the old caravan movement, not to mention leads gained to the whereabouts of vintage caravans.
I know exactly what you mean about the response to old caravans with old cars and period gear at shows, I have experienced similar with "Joker 11" with the FC Holden on display, many people think it is the best display at the show...... I'm also very familiar with the constant, same questioning that one gets throughout such a day, in fact I have thought of making a tape recording running all day answering the most asked questions, so that I can sit down and relax .
I'll watch the website statistics over the next couple of days and let you know how they go.
G'Day Mark, I would like to think some of those we met at the 'fest would follow up on the interest they showed in the old vans, old stuff and the web site. My feet are feeling better so I have had one film developed (there is another) and you can see the photos above.
Great photos thanks Cobber ......no doubt the interest is there following your efforts at the Motorfest .....I've just posted the website stats under "General" ...... and as they show, January was the biggest month ever .
Hopefully you New South Welshmen will again soon have a group of people going vintage caravanning as we do here in the West
Post by Will and Lyn on Mar 16, 2005 8:19:16 GMT 10
Hi Cobber and Belinda and John. I thought I would wait and see what the flow on result was after your Brilliant effort at the NRMA show. Mark and I had a beer for the 100th site member about the time the show took place and we have had 30 new members since then .... two years for 100 members 6weeks for 30 members, a massive increase in a short time due to awareness.. thanks a lot for the effort, no doubts at all about how public awareness has increased the site interest. So next time I see Mark we will have another beer for your marvelous effort.
G'Day Will, any excuse for a beer eh? Thanks for those kind words mate but without a doubt the credit goes to this great site, started by Mark and made interesting by all the people who contribute to it, it has obviously filled a need that was out there. Just recently I drew the attention of an English enthusiast to the site and after looking at it he made the comment that he wished the British old caravan movement was as enthusiastic as this one, now that is one big compliment coming from a bloke by the name of Andrew Jenkinson, if you don’t know him have a look at his site @ www.jenkinsons-caravan-world.com and again @ www.caravan-motorhome-memorabilia.co.uk I bought some of his stuff, before this site was invented, and the way things are going I suspect there could be a market for similar product down here, what do you reckon? Best wishes to all, Cobber.
Hello Cobber Just had a look at your link to the Jenkinsons site. had a look at 'classic caravans". Last on the list is a very futuristic model released in England in 1988 as the C1 Voyager 200/4. ( reminds me of a Tangara train) Interesting comment that someone here in OZ released it here 7 years later in 1995 as a brand new model .
I like the idea of the ratings Mr Jenkinsons gives as well. Rarity / classic ratings with ratings up to 5 stars. Not a bad idea and possibly worth adopting over here to get a gauge on what is a fair price to pay for a van. Of course we would have to consider condition as well.
Your van gets a five star rating as it has the southern cross on it